Kitten rescued by earthquake team in Blackburn

This Is Lancashire: Curious George with the firemen who saved him Curious George with the firemen who saved him

A SIX-week-old kitten was rescued with specialist earthquake search and rescue equipment after it became trapped in a wall cavity.

Six-inch-long, tortoise-coloured Curious George got stuck in the the bathroom in a house in Abraham Street, Blackburn, which was being renovated.

He was eventually pulled to safety by firefighters two-and-a-half hours after they were called.

Owner Lisa Browning, 37, said: “We only got him on Sunday and we called him Curious George because he was in and out of everything – and he’s certainly lived up to his name.

“I was frantic when I first discovered he’d gone.”

Lisa could hear him crying, but even after removing the skirting board and calling a builder to take out a window sill, she could not find him, so she called the fire brigade.

But they couldn’t find George because their thermal imaging equipment was being disturbed by the heat of the sun.

“That’s when they had to bring in the search and rescue team,” said Lisa. “I was so relieved when they got him out and even though it’s caused a lot of damage, I’m happy George is OK.

“Afterwards he went to sleep like nothing had happened.”

The Urban Search and Rescue team, drafted in from Leyland, has been sent to earthquake disaster zones to pull out survivors from rubble. The team and the equipment has been used in natural disasters in Pakistan, Haiti, Turkey and Japan.

Crew manager David Widdop said: “We have never used the equipment before to find a cat.

“It was six weeks old and was only six inches long so the equipment lent itself very well because it was quite a complex situation.”

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6:52pm Thu 31 May 12

Rich Riley says...

Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?
Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on? Rich Riley

7:38pm Thu 31 May 12

phil kernot says...

Rich Riley wrote:
Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?
take it you dont like animals or have kids
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?[/p][/quote]take it you dont like animals or have kids phil kernot

7:44pm Thu 31 May 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Rich Riley wrote:
Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?
Where as I can see your point of view, personally I could not have lived with my conscience to have let it starve and die in the cavity wall. still got 8 lives left bless it :)
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?[/p][/quote]Where as I can see your point of view, personally I could not have lived with my conscience to have let it starve and die in the cavity wall. still got 8 lives left bless it :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58

9:09pm Thu 31 May 12

Rich Riley says...

phil kernot wrote:
Rich Riley wrote:
Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?
take it you dont like animals or have kids
Would've been cheaper to rip the wall down, rescue the cat, then brick it back up than to pay all those fire fighters for the time they spent there. Not to mention the lack of cover in the county with two engines at this 'incident'.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: Two fire crews (one from the other side of the county) for two and a half hours! Is this a joke? Have we nothing better to spend the public money on?[/p][/quote]take it you dont like animals or have kids[/p][/quote]Would've been cheaper to rip the wall down, rescue the cat, then brick it back up than to pay all those fire fighters for the time they spent there. Not to mention the lack of cover in the county with two engines at this 'incident'. Rich Riley

10:49pm Thu 31 May 12

Am i in yet..? says...

They pay a lot of money for old mummified pu55ies but they have some cheaper ones on ebay.google it...(mummified cats) if you don't believe me.
They pay a lot of money for old mummified pu55ies but they have some cheaper ones on ebay.google it...(mummified cats) if you don't believe me. Am i in yet..?

6:50am Fri 1 Jun 12

jilted_john says...

Nice job Mitch...... easier than climbing up trees to rescue them eh
Nice job Mitch...... easier than climbing up trees to rescue them eh jilted_john

11:59am Fri 1 Jun 12

spendmymoneywisely says...

As a tax payer I am more than happy to pay for the Fire Brigade & search team to do such work. Not only is it a human duty to save life of any creature wherever possible it is valuable practice for both the Fire Brigade & the team as, thankfully, earthquakes are relatively rare in this country & they need to keep up to date on their skills.
As a tax payer I am more than happy to pay for the Fire Brigade & search team to do such work. Not only is it a human duty to save life of any creature wherever possible it is valuable practice for both the Fire Brigade & the team as, thankfully, earthquakes are relatively rare in this country & they need to keep up to date on their skills. spendmymoneywisely

4:37pm Fri 1 Jun 12

sen c bl says...

spendmymoneywisely wrote:
As a tax payer I am more than happy to pay for the Fire Brigade & search team to do such work. Not only is it a human duty to save life of any creature wherever possible it is valuable practice for both the Fire Brigade & the team as, thankfully, earthquakes are relatively rare in this country & they need to keep up to date on their skills.
Yes it is a human duty to save life of any creature walking this planet.
[quote][p][bold]spendmymoneywisely[/bold] wrote: As a tax payer I am more than happy to pay for the Fire Brigade & search team to do such work. Not only is it a human duty to save life of any creature wherever possible it is valuable practice for both the Fire Brigade & the team as, thankfully, earthquakes are relatively rare in this country & they need to keep up to date on their skills.[/p][/quote]Yes it is a human duty to save life of any creature walking this planet. sen c bl

9:23pm Fri 1 Jun 12

Mothernature says...

A 6 week old kitten is far too young to be away from his mother. The absolute minimum age is 8 weeks & the preferred age is 12 weeks.
A 6 week old kitten is far too young to be away from his mother. The absolute minimum age is 8 weeks & the preferred age is 12 weeks. Mothernature

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